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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #135 on: June 22, 2020, 10:51:39 AM »
Does anyone know if or how I can get a Every Kid Outdoors pass for my son who just finished 3rd grade, for this summer?

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #136 on: June 22, 2020, 11:11:40 AM »
Does anyone know if or how I can get a Every Kid Outdoors pass for my son who just finished 3rd grade, for this summer?
https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #139 on: June 22, 2020, 11:46:43 AM »
Oh well, thanks though!
The best $80 I've ever spent, lol

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #140 on: June 22, 2020, 12:18:21 PM »
The best $80 I've ever spent, lol

$80 spent on what?

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #141 on: June 22, 2020, 12:25:05 PM »
$80 spent on what?
NPS annual pass.

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #142 on: June 28, 2020, 10:15:31 PM »
Important PSA regarding Glacier NP: The Blackfeet Indian tribe just voted to deny access to most of the roads that surround Glacier NP, due to their concerns about park visitors bringing Covid into their territory. As a practical matter although the national park is open, the entire east side of the park will be effectively closed for this year.

There will be no way to access Many Glacier, Two Medicine, or even the St. Mary's east entrance to Going-to-the-Sun Road. Lodging will be unavailable on that side of the park. That means the only access to the "heart" of the park will be by entering GTTSR from the west side, driving in as far as you want to go, then doubling back to exit the way you came in.

With park shuttle service already closed for this season due to Covid, I cannot overestimate how much pain this will inflict on an attempt to have an even remotely normal visit to Glacier NP this summer. Parking will be impossible to come by unless you are willing to be in line to enter the park by 6 am. Traffic delays in both directions will be beyond painful, and for all this, you won't even be able to see the best part of the park in Many Glacier.

This was a decision that caught everyone by surprise, as the expectation was that the Blackfeet would reduce or completely end the restrictions on July 1. I am still waiting to see how the NPS will respond to this new development, but as things look now, I would strongly advise not visiting Glacier NP this summer (and I am personally planning to cancel my reservations there if nothing changes in the next couple of weeks).

More details here:
https://flatheadbeacon.com/2020/06/25/blackfeet-tribe-closes-eastern-border-glacier-park/
https://montanafreepress.org/2020/06/26/as-covid-spikes-blackfeet-leaders-close-eastern-entrances-to-glacier-for-summer/

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Re: What US National Parks have you been to and how would you rank them?
« Reply #143 on: July 16, 2020, 10:17:53 AM »
Updated, new in bold.

United States:

1. Yellowstone, Wyoming
2. Zion, Utah
3. Bryce  Canyon, Utah
4. Grand Canyon, Arizona
5. Yosemite, California
6. Badlands, South Dakota
7. Grand Teton, Wyoming
8. Sequoia, California
9. Petrified woods, Arizona
10.Great Smokey Mountains, Tennessee
11.Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota
12. Hot Springs, Arkansas
13. Wind Cave, South Dakota
14. Acadia, Maine
15. Great sand Dunes, Colorado
16. Joshua Tree, California
17. Saguaro, Arizona 
18. Shenandoah, Virginia
19. Mammoth cave, Kentucky
20. Gateway Arch, Missouri

•MT Rushmore NM, South Dakota


International:


Sanjay Gandhi , Mumbai, India
Arenal Volcano , La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Costa Rica
Carara,Costa Rica
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Iguazú, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Iguaçu,  Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Soberanía, Panama
Portobelo, colon, Panama
Metropolitan NP, Panama city,Panama
Masada, Israel
Ein Gedi Antiquities,Israel
Yarkon, Israel

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Re: What US National Parks have you been to and how would you rank them?
« Reply #144 on: July 16, 2020, 10:21:36 AM »
12. Hot Springs, Arkansas

What did you think of the place? It's tiny and not much to do but I loved the vibe.
Oh and nothing beat hiking 2 miles in 100F with an empty water bottle because well springs... and then having hot "tea" when I needed a drink...

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #146 on: July 19, 2020, 12:00:30 AM »
New in bold. My rankings are below.

Katmai is just insane. Might just be the most amazing travel experience I've ever had, short of Antarctica.

United States:
  • Acadia, ME (2011, 2017)
  • Badlands, SD (2020)
  • Cuyahoga Valley, OH (2014, 2020)
  • Everglades, FL (2010, 2019)
  • Gateway Arch, MO (2019)
  • Grand Teton, WY (2012, 2020)
  • Great Smoky Mountains, NC/TN (2013)
  • Haleakala, HI (2014)
  • Hawaii Volcanoes, HI (2012, 2018)
  • Indiana Dunes, IN (2020)
  • Katmai, AK (2020)
  • Kenai Fjords, AK (2013)
  • Rocky Mountain, CO (2009)
  • Yellowstone, WY/ID/MT (2012, 2020)


International:
  • Banff National Park, Canada (2017)
  • Jasper National Park, Canada (2017)
  • Lovćen National Park, Montenegro (2018)
  • Parque Nacional Viñales, Cuba (2015)
  • Sassen–Bünsow Land National Park, Svalbard (2016, 2018)
  • Skadar Lake National Park, Montenegro (2018)
  • Snæfellsjökull National Park, Iceland (2016)
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina (2018)
  • Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland (2015, 2016, 2019, 2019, 2020)
  • Yoho National Park, Canada (2017)

U.S. top 3:
Katmai
Yellowstone
Grand

Hawaii Volcanoes would've been my #3, but that was before the 2018 eruption pretty much destroyed the entire thing.

International top 3:
Vatnajökull (Iceland)
Banff (Canada)
Sassen–Bünsow Land (Svalbard)
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #149 on: July 19, 2020, 02:49:57 AM »
Katmai is just insane.
Lol. How'd you like the mosquitoes? Biggest ones I've ever seen.
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